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All her life, Callie O'Rourke wanted to be a firefighter. A lifelong nightmare of being in a fire has driven her to pursue a career to fight fires and save lives. She won't let being a woman stop her from achieving that goal. When her determination and training land her a job, Callie has no idea being the city's first female firefighter will gain the attention of more than just its citizens. Although haunted since childhood by the fiery death of his father, firefighting is in Danny Redmond's blood. He comes from a long line of firemen, all the way back to his great-grandfather. Callie's refreshing candor ignites Danny's interest. With her ability to fight fires, combined with the way she puts him at ease, it's not long before they become friends. Focused on being the best firefighters possible, neither is looking for romance. Yet the more they're together, the more they realize firefighting may not be their biggest challenge.
A date with destiny isn't what Kurt Reid has in mind the night he enters the "alley of convenience" he uses to meet informants. Yet destiny is what he finds in the crumpled form of a young woman. Kurt approaches slowly, and moments later he finds himself lying flat on his back. Kurt has just met Andrea "AJ" Summers, someone he senses is no ordinary woman. Lovely and likable, AJ possesses other qualities that some see as dangerous. She's smart, brave, and very good with a gun. And though she tries to deny it, AJ admires, in Kurt, the same quality she possesses...fierce independence. When AJ joins the underground newspaper Kurt works with, they soon learn that one of the criminals they are seeking is hunting AJ. Can they overcome their independent natures and learn to love and protect each other?